Making Good: Idaho job changes, recognition and other achievements

August 20, 2013 


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Drake Cooper was named to Outside Magazine's Best Places to Work list for the second year in a row. Drake Cooper was ranked No. 11 out of 100 selected companies; it came in at No. 26 last year.

Outside's Best Places to Work project honors companies setting a standard for a healthy work-life balance. The list, now in its sixth year, was compiled with the help of the Outdoor Industry Association and Best Companies Group. The yearlong selection process began with an outreach effort that identified a wide range of nonprofit and for-profit organizations with at least 15 employees working in an office in the United States.

Participating companies were sent confidential employee-satisfaction surveys and employer questionnaires to collect information about benefits, compensation, policies, job satisfaction, environmental initiatives and community outreach programs. The experts at the Best Companies Group then analyzed the results and selected the companies that best enable employees to pursue active lifestyles while supporting their social and environmental contributions.

Based in Boise, with offices in Seattle, Drake Cooper embraces a "work hard, play hard" mentality. Both Boise and Seattle continue to rank high in Outside Magazine's "Best" cities.

Financial services

Kristin O'Connor and Richard Walker have joined the regional CPA and business advisory firm of Eide Bailly LLP in Boise.

O'Connor is a recent graduate of the University of Idaho, where she earned a master's in accountancy. She also has a bachelor's degree in history and a social science credential from California State University - Chico. O'Connor is working toward her CPA license and joins Eide Bailly as an audit associate.

Walker recently graduated from the University of Idaho with a bachelor's degree in accountancy. He has experience with a variety of industries, including construction and engineering service companies, and is a member of the Idaho Golf Association. Walker joins Eide Bailly as an audit associate and is working toward his CPA license.

Eide Bailly provides 40,000 clients across the nation with audit and assurance and tax services, as well as accounting, employee benefits, enterprise risk management, financial services, forensic and valuation, technology consulting, transaction services and wealth management.


Cliff Clinger, Boise Centre's director of marketing and sales, was presented with the annual Gigi Award of Excellence at the recent national Event & Arena Marketing Conference, held in Austin, Texas.

In 1999, the conference board of directors decided to honor a former or current marketing professional for significant contributions made to professionalize and educate event marketers within the live entertainment industry.

The award was named after Gigi Pilhofer, who became the first recipient of the honor in 2000. Nominations for this annual award are taken by the board of directors each year before the fall planning meeting.

A vote is taken during the fall planning meeting, and the winner receives the award at the annual conference in June.

Clinger was president of EAMC from 2005 to 2007. He also has served on the board and on planning committees. In 1996, he hosted the conference in Las Vegas while he was employed with the University of Nevada - Las Vegas Thomas & Mack Center.


Jerome "Tonk" Fischer, of Salem, Ore., has been appointed to the board of United Heritage Mutual Holding Co., Meridian. United Heritage Financial Group also appointed Fischer to its board. Fischer is president of Fischer, Hayes & Associates PC, a CPA firm in Salem. He is vice chairman of Sublimity Insurance Co., a United Heritage company.


Crystal Sinclair, Clayton Borah, Chris Burgess, Marilyn Gorenflo and Chelsie Kaschmitter have been added to the staff at Mission Aviation Fellowship's Nampa headquarters.

Sinclair has been hired as marketing and events coordinator in MAF's Development Department. She has 10 years of nonprofit and fundraising experience, most recently at the Idaho Nonprofit Center, where she organized trainings and conferences. She graduated with a bachelor's degree in liberal arts and sciences from Utah State University.

Borah is Mission Aviation's new graphic designer. He spent several years of running his own graphic design firm. He was born and raised in Nampa and received a bachelor's degree in graphic design from Northwest Nazarene University and a master of fine arts in media design from Full Sail University.

Burgess is MAF's new editorial and content manager. Burgess relocated to Idaho from Colorado Springs, Colo., where he was editorial director for a marketing agency serving Christian and nonprofit organizations. Before that he was a correspondent for the International Mission Board in London and Istanbul, covering stories in more than 20 countries. He graduated from Ouachita Baptist University, where he double-majored in Christian theology and mass communication. He is completing a master's degree in theological studies from Golden Gate Theological Seminary.

Gorenflo comes to MAF's Ministry Partnership Department after many years of teaching both overseas and in the U.S. She and her husband, John, have been with MAF for 11 years, seven of those in the Democratic Republic of the Congo, where she taught at The American School of Kinshasa. Gorenflo also taught English to Congolese students at a Christian university there. She has been teaching adult education at the College of Western Idaho in Nampa. Gorenflo will mentor new missionaries preparing to serve overseas.

Kaschmitter is the marketing and communications coordinator in MAF's Learning Technologies Department. Kaschmitter graduated from Northwest Nazarene University with a bachelor's degree in mass communication, then worked as marketing and social media assistant for a local advertising agency before joining MAF.

Mission Aviation Fellowship is a Christian ministry organization that enables the work of hundreds of churches, medical organizations, and relief agencies across Africa, Asia, Eurasia, and Latin America. MAF operates a fleet of 57 planes and has some 600 employees worldwide, with 160 in the Treasure Valley.

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